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By Bhikkhu Bodhi

A perennial favourite, Great Disciples of the Buddha is now relaunched in our best-selling Teachings of the Buddha series.

Twenty-four of the Buddha's such a lot individual disciples are delivered to lifestyles in ten chapters of wealthy narration. Drawn from a variety of genuine Pali assets, the fabric in those tales hasn't ever ahead of been assembled in one quantity. via those enticing stories, we meet all demeanour of humans - wealthy, negative, male, lady, younger, outdated - whose targeted tales are instructed with an eye fixed to the main points of standard human matters. whilst learn with cautious consciousness, those tales can sharpen our knowing of the Buddhist course via permitting us to consider the dwelling photographs of the folks who fulfilled the early Buddhist beliefs of human perfection. The characters particular include:

  • Sariputta
  • Nanda
  • Mahamoggallana
  • Mahakassapa
  • Ananda
  • Isidasi
  • Anuruddha
  • Mahakaccana
  • Angulimala
  • Visakha
  • and many more.

Conveniently annotated with a similar method of sutta references utilized in all of the different sequence volumes, Great Disciples of the Buddha permits the reader to simply position each one pupil within the better photograph of Buddha's existence. it's a quantity that no critical scholar of Buddhism may still leave out.

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3:21: On one other type of noble individuals (ariyapuggala): the body-witness (kāyasakkhī), the only attained to correct realizing (diṭṭhippatta), and the single liberated via religion (saddhāvimutta). 4:79: Sāriputta asks the Buddha why the organizations of a few humans fail, these of others prevail, and people of others even surpass their expectancies. The Buddha replies that one of many purposes is generosity, or loss of it, proven to ascetics, clergymen, and clergymen. 4:158: On 4 features indicative of loss or upkeep of healthy states of brain. If one reveals in oneself 4 characteristics, you'll comprehend for sure that one has misplaced healthy features; this can be what has been referred to as deterioration through the Blessed One. those 4 are: over the top greed, over the top hate, over the top myth, and shortage of data and knowledge about the different profound matters (relating to wisdom). If, nonetheless, one reveals in oneself 4 different traits, you can actually understand for yes that one has now not misplaced one’s healthy traits; this is often what has been referred to as development through the Blessed One. those 4 different features are: attenuated greed, attenuated hate, attenuated myth, and the ownership of information and knowledge in regards to the varied profound matters. 4:167–68: The 4 varieties of development at the direction. See above, pp. xx–xxi. 4:172: Sāriputta elaborates a quick assertion made by way of the Buddha at the 4 different types of customized lifestyles (attabhāva) and places an extra query. The Buddha’s respond to it used to be later elaborated by way of Sāriputta within the Samacitta Sutta (see above). 4:173: Sāriputta states that he attained to the fourfold analytical wisdom (paṭisambhidā-ñāṇa) weeks after his ordination (i. e. , at his attainment of arahantship). He appeals to the Buddha for affirmation. See p. 10. 4:174: dialogue with the Venerable Mahākoṭṭita at the limits of the explainable. Sāriputta says: “As a ways, good friend, because the six bases of sense-contact (phassāyatana) achieve, to date reaches the (explainable) international of diffuseness (papañca); and so far as the area of diffuseness reaches, to this point achieve the six bases of sense-contact. in the course of the complete fading away and cessation of the six bases of sense-contact, the realm of diffuseness ceases and is stilled. ” 4:175: at the want for either wisdom and correct behavior (vijjācaraṇa) for the finishing of agony. 4:179: at the purposes for acquiring, and never acquiring, Nibbāna within the current lifestyles. 5:165: 5 the explanation why humans ask questions: via stupidity and foolishness; with evil intentions and during covetousness; with a wish to understand; out of contempt; with the concept: “If he solutions my query appropriately, it's sturdy; if no longer, then I shall supply the right kind resolution. ” 5:167: On easy methods to censure fellow clergymen. 6:14–15: motives of a monk’s strong or undesirable death. 6:41: Sāriputta explains monk with supernormal powers may perhaps, if he so needs, regard a tree trunk only as being good, or as liquid, fiery (calorific), or ethereal (vibratory), or as being both natural or impure (beautiful or ugly), simply because most of these parts are to be present in the tree.

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